Kia ora whānau, ngā mihi aroha ki a koutou katoa. Our deepest condolences to whānau that have lost loved ones aroha nui. Happy birthday to all those celebrating this month and congratulations to our new mum’s and dad’s.

Tuatahi my humblest apologies to the whānau I missed last months Te Pānui Rūnaka, aroha mai.

Well we have had a few hui at the marae, the normal schools and so on. It has been very good, seeing children on the marae, especially when you get 200 plus at a time. The students were well behaved and excellent, which makes it easy for the cooks and helpers.

Mateka Pirini and Cyril Gilroy.

Some of our whānau went to welcome the world cycling championship teams to New Zealand. A huge occasion for Southland held at the cycle velodrome.

Our tāua Mateka (Ma) Pirini has retired from the kitchen. Mateka has been at the marae for 18 plus years and no doubt she will still poke her head in and do some mahi. Thank you very much Ma for all your mahi and aroha to the manuhiri that have been to the Murihiku Marae, enjoy your well earned rest.

We have probably two more hui; Te Kākano 6 and 7 September and a visit from the Governor General on 24 September. After that we are meant to close down for a while so our toilets and kitchen can be upgraded. I will let you know how that is going in the next Te Pānui Rūnaka. So whānau that’s about it from me. A big hello to all our whānau in the North Island and overseas, aroha nui to you all from Waihōpai Rūnaka. We are now in Spring so no doubt you will have a spring in your bodies at the Hui-ā-Iwi ka pai!

A hug a day is okay.

That is all from the Squirrel on the Hill
Have a great month.